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JPMorgan Chase Partners with Futures and Options
to Provide 25 NYC Youth with Summer Jobs



For the second year, JPMorgan Chase will generously provide funding to Futures and Options to support its summer Internship Program. The $60,000 grant makes it possible for an additional 25 high school students to gain early work experience, strengthen their professional skills and begin to build their networks.

Summer is the busiest season for Futures and Options Internship Program, and currently, we are on track to offer jobs to 280 interns at businesses through New York City. JPMorgan Chase shares Futures and Options’ belief in the importance of early work experience and emphasized the critical need for young people to obtain summer employment in its 2015 report, Building Skills Through Summer Jobs. According to the research, early work experience contributes to higher graduation rates, better future employment prospects and increased earnings later in life.

Despite these benefits, youth in New York City, especially those from low-income minority communities, have a difficult time finding summer jobs. This critical need has led JPMorgan Chase to invest in programs like Futures and Options to create meaningful work experiences for the city’s future workforce.

Futures and Options applauds this wonderful and generous commitment to youth employment, and is very grateful to JPMorgan Chase for selecting Futures and Options as a partner. 

George Westinghouse CTE High School Internship Program Celebrates Successful Finish


George Westinghouse interns and their supervisors celebrate a job well done at the program's closing ceremony.

Futures and Options was very proud to celebrate the conclusion of the spring 2015 George Westinghouse CTE High School Internship Program on May 18, 2015. Interns and supervisors attended a closing ceremony to reflect on the experience they had shared and to recognize the accomplishment of completing an internship.

All twenty students who participated in the program during the spring were presented with certificates representing their successful completion of the program. The interns, who worked at businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout New York City, spoke about what they had learned on the job. Punctuality, time-management and organization were key skills the students picked up. Many also expressed that their confidence had grown as a result of their experience, and that they would feel more comfortable entering new situations and challenging themselves in the future.

The interns also offered helpful advice for future interns. “Remember to take it one step at a time, and don’t let criticism make you upset,” offered Jada Thomas, an intern at SHARE Cancer Support. “Learn from it.”

“Don’t be nervous, just be proud that you’re trying something new and do the best job possible,” said Nasio Phillips, who worked at New York Transit Museum.

Each year, forty George Westinghouse High School students are able to gain professional work experience thanks to the support of HSBC. Futures and Options has been partnering with HSBC and George Westinghouse CTE High School since 2007; more than 240 students have participated in the program since it began.

Career Essentials Intern:
Lessons For Down the Road


Justin Valentin, a spring Career Essentials intern, helps Career Essentials participants with a workshop activity.

Each spring and fall, two Career Essentials alumni are selected to intern at Futures and Options and help out with the program’s implementation. This spring, Futures and Options hired Samantha Ortiz and Justin Valentin, who both took the initiative to apply for this opportunity after participating in Career Essentials in past years. In April’s e-newsletter, you met Samantha and heard about her experience as a Career Essentials Assistant. This month, we’d like to introduce you to Justin Valentin.

Justin, who is a sophomore at All Hallows High School in the Bronx, participated in Career Essentials during the fall of 2014. After learning the importance of professional skills like time-management, organization and communication, he applied to be a Career Essentials intern to help other students gain the same knowledge.

In the future, Justin hopes to be an Air Force pilot. He says participating in Career Essentials as an intern has already helped him in school. “I use my time management skills to help me plan out my study times. I also know how to stay organized, so I can find my study materials when I need them.”

“I recommend this program to all high school students. You’ll learn skills that you don't learn in school, and those skills will help you down the road,” Justin said. “One thing I learned is how to use time management to help figure out what to prioritize when planning my schedule. That is a skill I will use all my life.”

All students who have participated in Career Essentials are eligible to apply to the Career Essentials intern position. Futures and Options is grateful to the Gap Foundation for their generous funding of the four Career Essentials internships.

Apply to Bridge to Work for Summer 2015


Bridge To Work Participants in 2014 on a career exploration trip to Summer Search.

Are you a New York City high school student who is interested in giving back to the community, and in learning about careers in the nonprofit sector? Futures and Options is currently accepting applications to the Bridge to Work summer program. The application deadline is June 14 – don’t miss out on this opportunity to pursue meaningful volunteer opportunities while building your work-readiness skills and meeting other local teens.

Thanks to a partnership with New York Cares, Bridge To Work offers a combination of work-readiness training, career exploration, volunteerism and service-learning to students through an eight-week summer program. Participants gain valuable hands-on experience by participating in four different community service projects with various city-based nonprofit organizations. The program also includes three work-readiness workshops and a career exploration field trip to a local nonprofit organization, where students can learn about the various careers available in the sector.

In past summers, community service sites have included Baby Buggy, Cabrini Eldercare, Dawning Village Day Care Center, Lower East Side Ecology Center and United Cerebral Palsy.

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